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Collecting metrics for virtualization capacity planning

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Hello Experts,

We have a virtualization project coming up in a couple of months and I would like to start collecting some metrics from my servers for capacity planning in regards to ESX host hardware specs, VM distribution and HA / SRM configuration. Unfortunately we are not VMWare partners and have no budget for the VMWare option with capacity planner, and I am afraid the builtin windows performance analyzer is not going to cut it for these particular tasks.

Can anyone here point me to some good software for collecting these metrics? Any suggestions on which metrics in particular would be important for planning a physical to virtual migration?

Thanks,

/L

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If you install a a trial copy of VMware vCenter you can run capacity planner from it and get most of what you're looking for.  

You could also take a look at vKernel's free VMware capacity planning tools

http://www.vkernel.com/resources/pressreleases/VKernel_Delivers_Free_Capacity_Planning_Tool_for_VMware/
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The VMware vCenter did trial version did not come with capacity planner. Also the vKernel capacity planning software is for an exisisting virtual infrastructure, not to plan a P2V migration.

The question still stands.
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If you run the vCenter installation disk there shoudl be a Capacity Planner module.  You may have it installed (check the service) and enable the plugin.  If you can't find it let me know and I'll provide screenshots.
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VKernel is mostly useful for already existing VM's not for capacity planning on P2V conversions.
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